Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 22nd Feb 2011 23:26 UTC
Windows Ever since the successful development and launch of Windows 7, Microsoft has become ever tighter-lipped about Windows development. Sure, it dropped the bomb about releasing Windows 8 for ARM, but that's it. Nothing on features or timetables (other than 'three years after Windows 7'). Well, the usually well-connected (inside Microsoft, that is) Mary-Jo Foley now claims to have a legit development roadmap - and it seems everything is on track for a Windows 8 beta in September 2011.
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RE[2]: The Microsoft Tax?
by lemur2 on Thu 24th Feb 2011 01:31 UTC in reply to "RE: The Microsoft Tax?"
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"Will MS try to dictate the HW configs like they did with Netbooks?
Hardware makers were free to ignore the Windows-specified limits and make Linux netbooks. In fact, they did - massively. It's just that no one bought them. Go play somewhere else, troll. "

Actually, Linux netbooks were selling like hotcakes in the store one minute, and then Microsoft took XP Home back off the shelf, blew the cobwebs away, and "provided" it to OEMs. Within a week of XP Home shipping in stores, all stock of Linux was removed. At some stores local to me there were plenty of Linux netbooks in store when literally overnight they were removed, and from that point on ONLY XP Home netbooks were offered for sale.

Naturally people stopped buying Linux netbooks from stores when there were none to buy in the store any more.

Meanwhile, in some countries with a fair market, or in other sales situations such as online sales, Linux netbooks still represent about 33% of netbook sales.

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